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Materials Director
Posted on 4/7/2022
Chicago, IL, USA • Morton Grove, IL, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Customer Service
  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, or related field
  • 10+ years of materials experience, with at least 5 years of leadership experience
  • ERP / MRP systems (ERP-LX and/or BPCS preferred)
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Advanced Excel user preferred, Visio, Business Objects, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a bias for action and be an effective change agent
  • Proficiency in managing and facilitating teams through problem solving and conflict resolutions
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility
  • Maintains consistent leadership for materials planning and inventory control personnel, including performance management and team development
  • In alignment with Global Procurement ensuring cost-effective results and ethical procurement practices. Accountable to ensure project timelines are met; critical project tasks are properly aligned with internal and external resources; and the accuracy and timeliness of project milestones are consistently kept up to date
  • Identify major savings opportunities and develop action plans by analyzing current-state category sourcing strategies and develop action plans to achieve those goals while meeting customers and local requirements/standard
  • Negotiate competitive total landed cost based on policy and targets given by Global Procurement and leadership. Drive saving projects in collaboration with Global Procurement
  • Develops and manages critical performance goals (material availability, inventory, turns, inventory accuracy, supplier on-time delivery, Gross Material Productivity, and PPV) and translates the goals into performance expectations for materials team and forecasts for finance
  • Leads, manages, and directs all materials related processes - including S&OP, delinquency recovery actions, demand management, production control, business information systems and supply chain process improvement activities
  • Identifies material planning, MRP, and Kanban training deficiencies both within and outside of materials team; Facilitates education and development sessions; Drives best practice implementation throughout materials team in coordination with the LSS site leader
  • Assures appropriate ordering parameters and vendor expediting actions are in place for the business to meet its goals and execute on time delivery to our customers
  • Prioritizes IT efforts in developing information and systems for Operations team. Critical team member on MRP/ERP improvement projects
  • Develop policies, checklists, or other materials that describe the organization's technical, quality, service, or reliability standards to help purchasing staff evaluate supplier proposals
  • Analyze and evaluate external price trends and new product offerings to identify opportunities to reduce overall purchasing costs
  • Select, and manage ongoing relationships with, major suppliers, vendors, or sub-contractors to ensure that the organization receives satisfactory standards of service
  • Inspire Commitment - Effectively communicate priorities to the materials team. Develop production and inventory control skills of the team. Influence material availability improvement activities throughout the organization
  • Lead with Character - Has courage and conviction to protect our customers' product requests without exception. Uses honest communications while showing their willpower to change the status quo
  • Deliver Results - Drives continuous improvement changes throughout organization, using customer facing prioritization and planning as the baseline
  • Create the Future - Uses data driven decisions to improve team's customer focus. Communicates materials team future state vision and executes development plans
  • Build through Teamwork - Develops trust throughout materials, operations, and business teams. Collaborates to create the best outcome for our customers
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities
  • Serves as liaison with other business processes (finance, customer service, engineering, marketing, sales and procurement) to assure business goals are met
  • Effectively delivers the strategic vision for materials management, both internally and externally to the business
  • Effectively execute the supplier performance evaluation and development process with key stakeholders
  • Negotiate, develop and manage supply agreements for assigned categories
  • Support all aspects of supplier risk identification and management, dual source management and supply chain sustainability
  • Responsible for controlling purchase order execution for the facility. Ordering the right amount of material to satisfy customer demand, while protecting the company from excess and obsolete inventory whenever possible. Responsible for developing accurate inventory forecasts, using all available business data during creation
Desired Qualifications
  • MBA
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma Green Belt / Black Belt / Lean Master
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including ability to effectively coach, motivate, empower, develop and evaluate employees
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with all levels of external and internal customers

10,001+ employees

Innovative water solutions
Company Overview
Xylem helps consumers solve water. The company works to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools and communities in emerging markets, and respond with water solutions when disaster strikes around the globe
  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.
Company Values
  • Respect: for each other, for diversity of people and opinions, for the environment
  • Responsibility: for our words and actions, for customer satisfaction, for giving back to our communities
  • Integrity: for acting ethically, for doing what we say we’ll do, for having the courage to communicate with candor
  • Creativity: for thinking beyond boundaries, for anticipating tomorrow’s challenges, for unlocking growth potential